Monday, July 22, 2024

Sting Swings With New IPad “Appumentary”


Rocker Sting made a surprise appearance to the Apple store on the Upper West Side Monday night–and debuted his new “Appumentary” from Radical Media. The app– a knockout–features key performances from his all star 60th birthday show on October 1st at the Beacon Theater–with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Lady Gaga featured. There’s also tons of rare photos, clips from every song on every solo album, and sections dedicated to the Police and his charitable work. Rock journalist Anthony DeCurtis interviewed Sting on a makeshift stage before the Englishman in New York performed two songs with bassist Ira Coleman--“Message in a Bottle” and “Fragile”–the latter dedicated to late Apple founder Steve Jobs. The app, called “Sting 25 Years,” is free, underwritten by American Express as part of both the company’s and Sting’s big contribution to the Robin Hood Foundation. By the way, as usual, Springsteen–funny man–gets the best line in: “He has too many chords in his songs!” PS In the Apple audience: Sting’s adoring wife and companion of almost 30 years, the beautiful Trudie Styler, and their 16 year old son, Giacomo--youngest of his six remarkable children.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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